Parents' Guide to

Mario Party Advance

By Kimberly Reyes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lots of Mini games, but only moderate fun.

Game Game Boy Advance 2005
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While this version's focus is on the single-player mission, players can join with friends and play against each other in a variety of ways (one duel allows up to 100 people to play at once on a single GBA). Players can also transfer Mini games and gadgets to others. On the downside, once players have completed all the tasks in Party World, playability is limited to the Mini games, which won't keep their attention for more than a month or two.

The strength of the Mario Party series isn't in its cleverness (like the Wario Ware games), but in its multiplayer competitions. Unfortunately, Mario Party Advance, especially when using multiplayer modes, is a lot more fun and immediate on the big screen; Mario Party 4, for example, makes for a great party game. Mario Party Advance is a decent miniature addition to the family, but not as fun as its big-screen counterparts.

Game Details

  • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 30, 2005
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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